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Carpenter

A practical, manual role with a variety of specialised and general tasks in the construction industry.

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What can I earn as a Carpenter?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Carpenter is between $55k and $65k
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How to become a Carpenter


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To become officially certified as a Carpenter you'll need a Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30211. This qualification provides a trade outcome in carpentry and covers work in residential and commercial applications for people completing an apprenticeship. You will need to have finished year 10 and be placed in an apprenticeship to start your training.

  1. Complete a Certificate III in Carpentry or a Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery CPC32011 in a TAFE institution. This usually takes between three and four years to complete.
  2. Anyone who works on a construction site in Australia is required to do construction induction training and get a "White Card" through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You will need to provide the trainer with 100 points of ID and pay the fee (set independently by each RTO).
  3. Apply for a Certificate of Completion. This nationally recognised accreditation shows that you have completed your training and are ready to start working in the carpentry industry.

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Certificate III in Carpentry

This qualification provides the skills to prepare for a career in the carpentry industry.

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Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery

This qualification will prepare you to work in carpentry and joinery in both residential and commercial settings.

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How do Carpenters rate their role?

Latest reviews from 6 Carpenters surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.7
Pay / Salary
3.8
Variety of work
3.7

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Nov 2018
Challenging and rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Building and Construction (Carpentry and Joinery)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
General building
The good things
The essential feeling of contributing to the world we live in and the sense of achievement when projects are completed successfully. Its hard work sometimes but mostly worth it.
The challenges
The job can be physically challenging and dirty at times, however these challenges only aid in the reward and sense of achievement felt at the end of the day.
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Mar 2021
Carpentry can be hard but rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Builder
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Carpentry
The good things
If you like building houses and working with timber carpentry is a great trade, it’s hard work but satisfying seeing the end result, you get to work with some good people and it’s a good life balance ...
The challenges
It’s hard work sometimes and can be hard to have full time work
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What are the job opportunities for Carpenters?

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